Sheriff's Office Reminds the Community to Be Aware of Phone Scams
The Sheriff's Office has received a report of another phone scam. The caller is advising victims that they have an outstanding warrant. They direct the victim to pay the fine at the Office of the Sheriff located at 27 E Vermio Avenue. In these most recent cases, they are using the name of an actual employee, Commander David, of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the community NOT to give money or personal information over the phone. Our Office NEVER calls and informs individuals they have an active warrant and NEVER asks individuals to make payments to clear up a warrant. We will also NEVER call to ask for money, for any reason. We DO NOT collect money for any government agency.
Scammers are sophisticated, they use actual names of our staff and can appear to be calling from a legitimate Sheriff’s Office phone number by using an application called “Spoof Card.” This application allows the suspect to use any legitimate phone number to call from with the intent of victimizing people for large amounts of money.
If you feel you have been the victim of this type of scam, you are encouraged to contact the EL Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555, or the local law enforcement agency in which you reside.
Remember scammers prey on your fears, don’t be intimidated! They may sound legit, but they are not!